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now pales in comparison with what they feel on the battlefield. >> he is tough! he beat his own record by an hour. >> 57 years old, god bless, and he did it for a good cause. the best years ahead of him. let's get to the "newsroom" now with carol costello. >> she is a blanking machine. >> she was doing a plank before she came to us. >> get out of here. it's time for "newsroom." news room starts right now. happening now in the "newsroom," american jihadi. officers shoot and kill a terror suspect. what he allegedly planned to do with the large military knife and why his brother is saying this is all a mistake. also the president of syria accused of helping isis.
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is assad using his warplanes as an air force for the terrorists. plus arrested bikers saying the arrest are un-american. >> two of the bikers arrested after a deadly waco shoot-out. >> they are telling their story to cnn. let's talk live in the cnn "newsroom"s. good morning. i am carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. radicalized by isis and tracked 24 hours a day every day, boston police shoot and kill a terror suspect after he lunges at
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authorities. he made threats against police on social media and was considered to be a threat, and another suspect in police custody set to appear in federal court later this morning. what we don't know. why authorities decided to zero in on rahim when they did. we go live to boston. >> reporter: authorities were developing a lot of resources to following usaama abdullah rahim all day everyday so when they noticed a change in his behavior it was time to step in and the confrontation turned deadly as we know and police are turning their attention towards his possible associates. today in everett, massachusetts, a man in custody and police making the arrest last night in connection with the fatal shooting of a terror suspect in boston by police tuesday morning.
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it all began around 7:00 in the morning when the fbi and boston police descended on this cvs, aiming to question the suspect, and 26-year-old rahim. >> a black male coming out with a knife. >> raw >> he had been radicalized, according to one official by isis and other extreme influences. he made threats to police on social media. raw rahim lunged at police with the knife and they shot him. >> they gave several commands for him to drop the weapon and unfortunately he came at the officers and they do what they are trained to do and
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unfortunately, they had to take a life and that's never an easy decision for any officer to do. >> rahim's brother, an imam at a mosque in california paints a different picture, saying his brother was on his cell phone talk with their father and shot in the back three times. his brothers last words were i can't breathe. the shoot something now under investigation, and boston police say they have a video documenting the entire event. >> we saw the video and it appears that the law enforcement officers were backing away before they exercised deadly force. >> carol, that surveillance video will be key to understanding the sequence of events that unfolded outside of that cvs and it's part of the investigation right now, and the district attorney's office is not releasing it to the public and the boston police department their commission has
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decided to invite local islamic black and community leaders to view that video and give them a clear understanding of what happened. the boston police department has done this in the case of another officer-involved shooting and it's about accountability and transparency and it's an idea and becoming a practice that has been well received carol. >> reporting live from boston. it's interesting to point out that rahim's brother is that well-known california imam and he spoke to cnn back in 2013. abraham rahim voiced his objection to presiding over the funeral of the boston bomber funeral, tamerlan tsarnaev. >> this man has done something evil and we don't stand with evil and we are a people of conscience. there is no obligation on us as a muslim clergy to do this funeral for the family and there is no obligation from the
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prophet mohammed that requires us to do so so we abstain. >> and he is standing up for his brother that has links to isis. let's bring in the fbi director tom fuentes. the boston police decided to show this video of the police shooting a police shooting rahim at the bus stop. in attendance will be the black community. why? >> in order to have an affective program, they need the support of the community and they are anxious for the community members to see this video and see that the police had no choice the officer and the agent that fired on rahim had to and their life was being threatened by the giant knife he was wielding and they want people to see this and not listen to somebody else 3,000
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miles away. >> "the boston globe" was reporting rahim made threats on social media towards police. what made them decide to move in on this man? >> the joint terrorism task force run by the fbi and 20 other agencies belong to it in the boston area they would be receiving these information broadcasts and jihadi postings going back more than a year where isis has been calling for followers all over the world to behead people. it happened on the streets of london where two soldiers had their heads cut off in front of witnesses, and it almost happened in australia, but they were able to thwart the plot. if they had 24/7 surveillance on rahim and they probably had
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electronic surveillance as well and they may have intercepted a message to him saying carry out the attack and how he goes with that giant knife, and it would take one-tenth of a second for him to plunge that knife into somebody at the bus or bus stop whether it's a police officer or not. in the original broadcast they requested not to only cut somebody's head off but video it and they would make sure it goes viral around the world. >> the knife looks an awful lot like the isis terrorists that beheaded hostages. what do you make of that? >> i think he is possibly wanting to emulate them. there are so many knives of that size whether it's kitchen cutlery or military grade, so --
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but i think to me it indicates that he wants to show solidarity with jihadi john who, you know is seen in numerous videos wielding that knife and then also in those videos standing next to the decapitated hostage over and over again. i think that that's another indication that the authorities had to worry about, this individual even standing down at a street corner away from this person he could kill within less than a second and they wouldn't be able to prevent it. i think that's what led to them not only taking action against him, but also who else he was in communication with because, you know it probably took more than one in this plot. >> tom fuentes, thank you for your insight. i appreciate it as always. signed sealed and deliver after weeks of drama on the hill. the move is stripping the agency
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to collect data in bulk. phone companies are supposed to keep records, and it's unclear how long they have to keep the records, but one thing is clear, the nsa could become a hot issue for 2016. >> i think it's just unfortunate in these very dangerous times that we have weakened intelligence and a time we need enhanced intelligence and all of these incidents point back to isis and instead of degrading and destroying isis they grow stronger because we do not have an effective strategy and that has got to change. >> athena jones is in washington this morning with more. >> this is a significant sweeping sweeping reform. it's the first major overhaul of
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government surveillance in decades. it takes the bulk -- it ends the bulk collection of phone data and takes that data out of the government and puts it in the hands of the phone companies and it has a six-month transition time, and it brings back the roving wiretaps that are used to track terrorists suspects that may be changing phones and cell phones and it brings back the lone wolf surveillance tools that allow authorities to track suspects who are believed to be involved in terrorists-related activities but not linked to a specific terrorists group. i should mention that this bill has been signed and it's not as though you simply flip a switch and everything comes back when it comes to the data collection so what they will first have to do is technical things and fire up the servers, and coordinate the data bases to get collection going and they will have to get a court order from a special
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surveillance court and the government makes a filing with that court and they need to verify that the collection program is legal under the new law. so that could take another three or four days. so it isn't immediate, but what is interesting, carol, after all of the drama on capitol hill especially in the senate that bill passed with a large majority of 67, and here we are now. >> thank you so much. still to come in the "newsroom," former president george w. bush probably woke up with a smile this morning. a new poll shows america is warming up to him in a big way. absence really does make the heart grow fonder. when broker chris hill stays at laquinta he fires up the free wifi with a network that's now up to 5 times faster than before! so he can rapidly prepare his presentation. and when he perfects his pitch, do you know what chris can do? and that is my recommendation. let's see if he's ready. he can swim with the sharks!
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americans' view of president obama's work in the white house is taking a downturn.
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52% disapprove of how the president is handling his job and that's up five points from last month. the crossing party lines found among men and women and whites and nonwhites, and as for his predecessor, george w. bush it seems absence does make the heart grow founder. for the first time in a decade more say they like him than dislike him. 52% have a favorable view of him. what is behind the surge in all of that love? here to talk about that david gergen former adviser to presidents nixon, ford and reagan reagan. good morning. >> good morning. >> george w. bush a popular guy, and his approval rating was 33%. what gives? >> well, carol, the point you made about that distance makes the heart grow fonder does work here, and his father left with about 50% approval rating and he
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is up to two-thirds now, and jimmy carter when up and bill clinton has done very well since he left the presidency. i think there are a couple other factors for bush. one is the blame is shifting on iraq from bush to obama, so for a long time after obama first took office most americans blamed george w. bush for the mess in iraq, and they blame obama and bush about the same. the second thing is george w. bush has consciously taken a view that he doesn't want to second guess and critique the incoming president, and he has been funny on the -- when he has been out speaking, and i think he has handled himself well in the most minds of people by jumping in the middle and being
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nonpartisan. >> we have a sound bite about how he talked about president obama. >> don't want to criticize the obama administration is that something you really made a decision -- >> it's a hard job. he has plenty on his agenda and it's difficult. a former president doesn't need to make it harder. >> the interesting thing here david, w. is having a negative affect on jeb bush so if people are liking george w. more why wouldn't that be more of a positive for his brother? >> good question. not sure we know the answer for that and americans are judging jeb so far as his own man, and both jeb and hillary clinton, what you see is their disapproval ratings have been gradually rising for the last several months. they have been drifting upwards in both cases, and for jeb bush right now, when he is trying to break out of the huge republican
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field, that's not good news. he needs to find a way, and people are getting concerned around him, his numbers in iowa drifted into a more negative place, and early state, important state, and i think he is going to become a better candidate. he has not found his footing as he answers the questions on iraq, and i assume he will be a better candidate, we will wait and see. >> he has a long time to practice. let's talk about bill clinton. 64% view him favorably. is this helping hillary clinton or not? >> has not rubbed out much but she started pretty high in the polls and some of the disapproval drifted up and her approval drifted down. her concern right now with a new poll is what is happening with president obama's ratings. there has been six elections since world war ii and the presidency has been open and
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there has been an incumbent party running, and in those six cases in the three instances in which the incumbent party president was below 50% in the favorability the party lost in the general election and so hillary clinton is to a considerable extent tied to president obama's approval ratings and this poll has obama coming down in the mid-40s, and it's a sharp drop since the last time around cnn was out there in april with numbers, so i think she has -- she is worried about the clinton foundation and how that is going to turn out, and she has to keep her eye on president obama and the better he does the better she will be in the general election. >> appreciate your insight as always. new accusations that isis and syria's president are working together. the u.s. embassy and syria long closed its doors but still tweeting. hours ago it tweeted this message. coalition partners noted the
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continued deterioration of the situation in syria, and the inability and unwillingness of the assad regime to tpaoeusfight isil and it said with the latest reports, assad is not only avoiding isil lines but seeking to bolster their position. cnn's senior international correspondent, nick payton walsh joins us now. >> reporter: it's a complex situation we are dealing with and it goes back to when the u.s. had a military presence here and they attacked and the theory that some people suggest
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is that he had good contacts or his intelligence had good contacts with him and somehow that cooperated to hammer the more moderate rebels who are giving the regime inside syria the hardest time. now that seems more recently according to those tweets from the u.s. embassy and syria, you say they long closed their doors, and they have taken a look at the regime hitting moderate fighters. this fight is happening to the east of ahrep yo. it goes down from the turkish border. the potential catastrophe that awaits us is if isis does cut that supply route off, they have control of the areas and they will run out of supplies and will need to use that route out towards turkey, and if that happens, nobody knows how many
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civilians, and then of course to the west of the city we have the issue of the regime-held areas that are suffering and are surrounded and they could face isis fears that awful things could happen there if isis moves into that area. >> thanks so much. still to come in the "newsroom" is it ludicrous to have a nuclear deal with iran when american hostages are in iran? new flonase allergy relief nasal spray. this changes everything. flonase is the 24 hour relief that outperforms a leading allergy pill. when we breathe in allergens our bodies react by over-producing six key inflammatory substances that cause our symptoms.
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good morning. i am carol costello. thank you for joining me. just in to cnn, officials say isis shut the gates of the ramadi dam that stops the flow of water to two communities. they are looking to kill people of thirst in pro government communities. and then pleading with lawmakers for his release. >> he has now been detained in that prison for 315 days. >> i stand before you today, not as a lawyer or a politician and i am actually very scared of speaking in public but as a wife of a husband who is in prison in iran because of his christian faith. >> every day we wake up hoping that it's the day we find out
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amir will finally be released and is returning home. >> there is not a day that goes by when we don't think of him, how much he must be suffering, and what we can do next to bring him home. >> these are four americans being held in iran right now just as negotiators seek to expand ties with iran through a historic nuclear agreement. jason's brother, ali, joins me now. thank you for being with me this morning. >> thank you for having me. >> what was it like to testify with other family members? >> i think the whole process is unnerving, and being there with other family members was emotional and hearing their stories in so much detail and sitting there, but i think it was really encouraging to hear from the congressman.
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they were all inunanimity. that was moving that there was support there. >> you have heard from your brother at all or talked with iranian officials in any way? >> the iranians really won't speak with me in country, and my sister-in-law and mother have been able to speak with the judge and that's about it. my mom is in iran right now and has been there for three weeks, and since she has been there she has been able to see him twice and spoke to him on the phone the other day as well. >> how is he doing? >> you know i think that he feels like things are moving a little bit now that his trial started. he is not in the illegal limbo they held him in for months and months. he knows that he is innocent and he wants a chance to prove it and his lawyer has been aggressively pursuing his defense and that's what he wants. we all just hope that this can get worked out and the truth can come out. >> is he actually in the courtroom? >> he had his first day in court
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after 310 days last week on tuesday for two hours. we will go back to court, we have been told next monday it will be his second day in court. >> negotiations for the release going on on the sidelines of these nuclear talks, and maybe i didn't pose that question well but should americans be detained in iran be tied to the nuclear negotiations? >> i think that -- i don't know about diplomacy or politics what i just want is my brother to come out. what i know is i don't want jason to be tied to something that is not of his control. he didn't start the negotiations. we don't know where the negotiate kwraeugions are going to go over the next few weeks or months and now six months later we are from the original deadline so i want him to be able to look at the facts of his case and not be held based on a
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deal or no deal. >> and are these americans detained? have they been taken hostage? i want to play something for our audience that one congressman said. the congressman compares this to the iranian hostage situation during jimmy carter's presidency. >> in the late '70s there were thugs and terrorists that took hostages and they wore ski masks and dark clothing and the only difference today is that the terrorists and thugs wear suits and give the illusion of being international diplomats, and that is not the case. >> what do you think about that? >> well i think as you pointed out, there are questions about semantics and in jason's case he was detained at some point he
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was arrested and he is in the legal process that has been treated illegally, and the iranians have not followed their own laws or the international commitments that they have in terms of what the congressman was saying and i appreciate everybody's support for jason, and i think the most important thing is that jason and the other things are out, and i am not worried about what they call him, i just worry about him coming home. >> thank you so much for being with me this morning. appreciate it. >> thank you for having me carol. still to come in the "newsroom," the world soccer chief kicks himself out of the organization in the middle of a corruption scandal. the question is, why? plus we're hearing from some of the bikers jailed after that deadly shoot-out in waco texas. why they are calling out police.
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in a stunning 180-degree reversal fifa president, sepp blatter, is stepping down. >> the date of which a new president can be chosen for the presidency to succeed me. >> just a fancy way to say he is leaving. so why four days ago did blatter
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tell one television station, quote, why would i step down? that would recognize i did wrong doing. cnn's sports analyst has a sneaking suspicion about all of this and she joins me this morning. good morning. >> good morning, carol. >> why the 180, do you think? >> i think the feds are closing in on him and he knows it. it's really stunning. this is a man with the ultimate power in sports you know to run the most popular game in the nation in the world, and he is a god. he just has this ultimate power and to give it up four days after being re-elected for a fifth term it's stunning and that tells us he had to know what was going on in the most corrupt organization is sports history. he is the ring leader for all these years since 1988 he had
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to know and that's what his resignation tells us. >> loretta lynch, she gave a news conference and reporters asked her whether blatter was under investigation, and she wouldn't talk about that. so that sort of says it all, doesn't it, her sighlencesilence? >> yeah "usa today," we are saying -- sources are telling us they are not ruling him out, and i think that means they are ruling him in. logic tells us this man running this organization that is corrupt to the core allegedly as we are finding out, over $150 million in bribes and kickbacks so far, that's what the u.s. authorities have found out, and how can he not know? that's what we have to use, the common sense we have and of course he knew and he had to resign because the reality is i think they will be able to come and get him. >> the future? who is the next guy?
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>> it will be a guy. this is a sport with about zero woman in charge which is ridiculous for the 21st century, and they need to get more women and younger leaders and blow the thing up and start over, and that's what they need to do at fifa. michelle flaw teeny, he is in consideration. after the shoot-out, bikers involved in the deadly texas brawl are lashing out. ed lavandera just talked with them. good morning, carol. the last few days some of the bikers have been quietly released from jail and they are talking, and what they have to say is very interesting. we will have that story coming up next.
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today bikers involved in the deadly texas brawl are lashing out. nearly three weeks after the shoot-out that left nine people dead those arrested are now accusing police are overreacting saying they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, and police were hauling 177 bikers to jail, and now a few bailed out and ed lavandera just talked to them. he is in waco texas, this morning. good morning, ed. >> reporter: you remember police said many of the bikers had come to the twin peaks restaurant looking for trouble, and this morning many are saying that
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couldn't be further from the truth. nine people killed and 177 motorcycle riders arrested after the rampage at the twin peaks restaurant in waco. police rounded up the bikers and charged them with criminal activity and set them with a large bond. >> i committed no crime, did nothing wrong, just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. >> the next day he walked out of jail. >> matt? >> yes. >> ed. good to meet you. >> they have been quietly released in the last few days, and the stories they tell us raise serious questions about why they were arrested and many are calling the mass arrest a gross overreaction by police. >> i don't think they knew what to do. i think they were completely
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clueless as to what to do. i am one of the first to get out. there's still well over 150 people in there. how long will they be there? how many of them don't have the ability to post these outrageous bonds? i had to post $100,000 bond to get out of here. there are families suffering. >> he is not the only one. william and morgan english got out on bond this week too. they say they were innocent bystanders. >> i can't understand in my head what did we do wrong? why were we being held like this? why is there a $1 million bond? none of it made sense. >> he was sitting with bikers friends unarmed when an argument erupted in the twin peaks par
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kepbg lot -- parking lot. >> what did you do? >> ran into a bathroom to get any form of cover i could. >> it was insane. just the -- it seemed like it had went on and on and on. >> police describe the bikers as vicious criminals and say they recovered more than 300 weapons at the crime scene. >> they are not here to drink beer and eat barbecue, and they came with violence in mind and we are ready for it. >> he hidden side the restaurant until the shooting stopped and he did not have any weapons on him and did not fight with anybody. he gave statements to the police about what he saw. >> was being criminally charged in the back >> no. i didn't know what they could charge us with. i didn't know what i could be charged with. what criminal charge can you put on somebody who has done nothing wrong? >> reporter: 36 hours later he's in a jail room with 30 other bikers when a judge breaks the news that he's not going
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anywhere and they're all read their rights. >> i was in total disbelief. >> reporter: did you look around? >> it was silence. everybody was in shock. >> reporter: carol, waco police say that they stand by their investigation and the investigation is ongoing and everything in the justice system is working the way it's supposed to and they will not respond to any allegations from people they had probable cause to arrest in this case. >> so what is matt charged with? >> reporter: he's charged with organized criminal activity. throughout the week there have been a series of bond hearings for several bikers and at least 15 of them have been released so far and had their bond reduced. you heard one of the bikers talk about his bond was reduced to $100,000 which will cost him $10,000 and these are bikers that insist they were unarmed and didn't go there that day
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looking for trouble and they were overwhelmed by the violence of that situation and that day as well. and that they should not have been gathered up and arrested in that mass arrest. >> ed lavandera live from waco texas, this morning. thank you. checking other top stories for you. rescue officials begin cutting a hole in the bottom of this overturned ship. crews desperately searching for survivors in this chinese river. the crews ship capsized late monday during a storm. rescuers found another survivor overnight but more than 400 people are still unaccounted for. crews have rescued 14 people. 26 bodies have been recovered. heart stopping video showing the moment an amtrak train crashed into a car. the car was sliced in half. incredibly nobody inside the car was seriously hurt. still to come in the
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running back adrian peterson is back with the minnesota vikings. peterson thought about retiring when he was suspended last season. he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for hitting his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch to discipline him. andy scholes joins us now to tell us more about his homecoming i guess. >> good morning, carol. peterson was away from the vikings for nearly nine months while dealing with his legal
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issues. wasn't clear if we would see him in a vikings uniform. peterson said he didn't think the vikings showed him support while he was suspended. recently the two sides worked things out. yesterday for the first time since september 12th, hard to believe it's been that long peterson put that vikings jersey back on and practiced with the team during their otas and former mvp completed all of his counseling requirements after pleading no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault and peterson says he's sorry for what's happened over the last year. >> the first person i apologyized to was my son. that was initially -- that was right after the situation took place when i realized what had happened. i have learned a lot from my mistake. and i'm moving forward. i'm focused on what's in front
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of me. >> there were a ton of rumors that peterson would end up on another team most notably the dallas cowboys but the coach said he never considered trading him and he'll be a viking this season. >> andy scholes reporting live for us this morning. thanks so much. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" starts now. happening now, american jihadi? >> we believed he was a threat. >> officers shoot and kill a terror suspect. what he allegedly planned to do with this large military knife and why his brother is saying this is all a mistake. also the president of syria accused of helping isis. is assad using his warplanes as an air force for the terrorists? and the ramblings of a mad man. but did the drugs james holmes took turn him into a killer? let's talk live in the "cnn newsroom."
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good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. right now we're monitoring a hearing of the house homeland security committee. the topic terrorism gone viral. representatives will be discussing the increasing threat from violent extremist groups like isis who are using the internet and social media to recruit fighters and inspire terror attacks. a timely hearing in light of what's going down in boston. radicalized by isis and tracked 24 hours a day every day, boston police shoot and kill a terror suspect after he lunges at them with a military-style knife. >> the officer gave several commands for him to drop the weapon and unfortunately he came at the officers and they do what they were


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